Frangulian Lilia

Literary unity in the Coptic cycle of Arianus

Frangulian Lilia (2020) "Literary unity in the Coptic cycle of Arianus ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia III : Filologiia, 2020, vol. 65, pp. 89-101 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturIII202065.89-101


The article is devoted to the Coptic cycle gathered around the name of the persecutor Arianus and consisting of three diff erent martyrdoms. They are extant in one MS. The texts in it are arranged in a chronological order following the logic of the narrative. These three texts make up a literary unity occurring only in the Coptic tradition. All martyrdoms are united, fi rstly, by a single background of events, i.e. the city of Antinopolis, and, secondly, by the fi gure of the persecutor Arianus. In the fi rst two texts, this character is the antagonist, and in the third it is the protagonist. The research shows that the prototype of Arianus is Apostle Paul. An allegory to the New Testament story of Paul can be found in the general narrative of the cycle, where each of the three texts sequentially represents the prologue, the set and the denouement. This cycle has never been studied from a philological point of view, but it is this analysis that makes it possible to determine the literary and non-literary methods used by the author of the cycle in order to integrate the three texts.


Coptic hagiography, cycle (in literature), Arianus, Ascla, Philemon and Apollonius, Diocletian, Antinopolis


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Information about the author

Frangulian Lilia

Academic Degree: Candidate of Sciences* in Philology;
Place of work: Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences; 12 Rozhdestvenka Str., Moscow, 107031, Russian Federation; St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University for the Humanities; 6/1 Likhov per., Moscow, 127051, Russian Federation;
ORCID: 0000-0001-6203-794X;
Email: 8liya8@gmail.com.

*According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, the degree of Candidate of Sciences (Cand.Sc.) belongs to ISCED level 8 — "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar.